NFL looking into Mac Jones allegedly hitting Sauce Gardner below the belt
Mac Jones has got some balls to be doing stuff like this.
Allegedly…but the New England Patriots quarterback already has a history of crossing certain lines with opponents in an effort to get under their skin. Add another one to the list. Whether it’s true or not, Jones will forever be known to Jets fans as the guy who gave Sauce Gardner the ol’ nutcracker.
That’s the accusation the New York Jets cornerback is leveling against Jones, and the NFL is now “looking into the claim,” according to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk. It’s hard to tell from the following video clip, but the thought of Roger Goodell and the league office combing through this and carefully examining Gardner’s private parts is pretty funny:
The incident in question took place after Jones attempted a QB sneak and got into some extracurriculars with the Jets after the whistle. Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley might be hearing from the league himself for the way he body-slammed Jones well after the play was over. But Jones was playing right through the whistle as well, so maybe that’s just football.
When asked about the alleged low blow, Jones denied it and went on to talk about his attempted QB sneak, evading the shenanigans after the play. Gardner might have to hope the league takes his word for it.
“That’s probably the first time that ever happened to me,” Gardner said after the game. “He got tackled, and he reached his hand up to get me to help him up, and I just like, moved his hand out of the way. Then he gets up and he just comes up to me like, ‘Good job,’ but while he’s saying that, he hit me in my private parts. I didn’t react how I really wanted to … I definitely wasn’t expecting that. First time for everything, I guess.”
The NFL may have enough witnesses to corroborate the alleged testicle-tap. It sounds like the reporter who asked Gardner saw it plain as day. It would be very Jets for that reporter to aid the NFL in their investigation, to tell on the Patriots. Narc.
In all seriousness, Jones’ reputation preceded him even before this thing. He had a leg-grabbing incident with the Panthers’ Brian Burns in his rookie year, then got fined $13,367 for a low hit on cornerback Eli Apple last season. It wouldn’t be shocking if he got hit with another fine for this thing.
And he better wear an extra cup next game, against the Dallas Cowboys and their fearsome pass rush. The balls will be flying, dangling, smacking and whacking all over AT&T Stadium that day, my friends.
UPDATE: Sauce Gardner has posted another angle of the incident with Mac Jones on his Twitter page. It’s still hard to tell exactly what Jones did, but it would sure be wild if Gardner was making this all up. It’s just unclear if there’s going to be enough evidence for the league to hand down discipline.
Posting this so I don’t get fined lol pic.twitter.com/2KjcAVTNsW— SAUCE GARDNER (@iamSauceGardner) September 25, 2023
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